Transforming the economy

By Hunter Lovins – May 2017 The Regenerative Future Summit and the Leading for Well-Being Consortium are working on a regenerative path to an economy in service to life:  a world that works for 100% of humanity.  The doors have been thrown open to anyone who wants to participate, starting tomorrow.  The meeting will be 15 – 17 May 2017 in Boulder, …

Leading for Well-being: it’s time to become leaders ourselves! To dream (and organize) bigger: to address climate change and inequality on a deeper, structural level

By L. Hunter Lovins, Spring 2017.  It’s time to become leaders ourselves, to dream (and organize) bigger: to address climate change and inequality on a deeper, structural level. It’s time to re-think work and security and the value of life. To reject blind pursuit of growth. It is time to build an economy that provides well-being to all—people and species—rather than …

When the land values rise, productive capacity of the economy is unchanged, but those who don’t own land get poorer, people spend less and people, demand and the economy suffer

Alice Martin, in The Guardian, May 2017 It is a strange kind of economy where land and property routinely earn more than people do. But that is what we have – and the amount of wealth tied up in these areas has increased dramatically over the past few decades. Today the value of property in the UK stands at over …

Providing jobs with justice as we transition the economy and our energy system

Clean Technica, May 2017 US solar and wind power jobs grew approximately 12 times faster than the US economy as a whole in recent years. In 2015, it was reported that wind turbine technician had become the #1 fastest-growing job in the United States. Worth noting is that this is an ideal blue-collar job for moderately educated people, and mostly in …

Kate Raworth offers reasoned, illustrated, and documented debunking of the fatally flawed theory behind economic policies that drive financial instability, environmental collapse, poverty, and extreme inequality

David Korten on Kate Raworth, in Yes! Magazine, 3 May 2017.  Kate Raworth will be at the Regenerative Future workshop in Boulder, CO next week. I see a lot of books presuming to explain what’s wrong with the economy and what to do about it. Rarely do I come across one with the consistent new paradigm frame, historical depth, practical …

What Mayors must do to deliver, according to the New Economics Foundation — also remedying a growing housing, inequality, and generational opportunity problem

The New Economics Foundation‘s take: People desperately want to take real control over their lives. That means taking meaningful action to shift focus away from the largest metro areas and cities in general, and instead work to strengthen neglected local economies. 1. KEEP MONEY LOCAL Small businesses can only survive with strong local supply chains, keeping money circulating locally. 2. QUALITY …

How the Six-Hour Workday Actually Saves Money

By Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg, 17 April 2017 In February, after almost two years worth of six-hour workdays, nurses at the Svartedalens elderly care facility in Gothenburg, Sweden went back to eight hour shifts—despite recently published research showing the benefits of the shortened workdays. The City of Gothenburg didn’t extend the experiment in part because funding ran out. It cost about 12 million krona …

Shining a Light on Smarter Development Policies in India

A new study uses night sky satellite images to measure urban development patterns in India. The results can help guide smarter growth. By Todd Litman, Originally published on Planetizen, 6 Jan 2017 Francisco Anzola Flickr A few years ago I was commissioned by the World Resources Institute to develop a framework for measuring the costs of sprawl and, therefore, the benefits …

America has witnessed a similar cycle of oligarchic corruption starting in the 1760s, 1850s, 1920s, and 2000s

America has witnessed a similar cycle of oligarchic corruption[1] starting in the 1760s, 1850s, 1920s, and 2000s: Economic Royalists infiltrate critical institutions and rig political and economic systems to favor elites. 1760s: Royal governors run roughshod over colonial farmers; The East India Company, whose investors were primarily wealthy aristocrats, is given monopoly trading rights in the colonies. (The Tea Act …